Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jul. 10, 2012

Active Voice: Q&A — The Exercise is Medicine® Credential
By Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Deborah Riebe is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves as chair of ACSM’s board of certification, the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards. Dr. Riebe is an associate editor of the upcoming 9th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

SMB: Why was the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) credential program created?

Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. Physicians and other health care providers often don’t have the time to go beyond the simple recommendation of “exercise more” and many do not have the training necessary to develop an appropriate exercise prescription. Since there is no licensure in our field (except in Louisiana for clinical exercise specialists) and because there are more than 300 certifications available, it is often difficult for health care providers to identify exercise professionals with demonstrated competence to work with patient populations. The EIM credential helps physicians navigate this challenge and provides the opportunity for the medical community to work closely with exercise professionals.More

ACSM Authors Contribute to Lancet Series on Sports, Exercise, Health

Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, is on loan to England and the world this month, as an Olympic torch bearer (see article in this issue) and also as an author of a paper published in The Lancet. Blair joined James Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM, and others to author a special series on sport and exercise science. Taken together, the papers make a strong case for physical activity, inclusive sports participation, and the field of sports medicine and exercise science.

For more—including access to the papers—see The Lancet’s news release on the series. More

Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®

Did you know two articles are featured online from each issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® free of charge? Check out the two featured articles from the July/August issue at Featured articles for this issue include “OPINION AND EVIDENCE: Is Exercise a Viable Treatment for Depression?” by James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D.; Patrick J. Smith, Ph.D.; and Benson M. Hoffman, Ph.D., and a Fitness Focus column about walking with poles by Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, and Pamela A. Roberts, M.D. The articles are available only for the duration of the issue, so get them today. Or if you’d rather have links to each article:

OPINION AND EVIDENCE: Is Exercise a Viable Treatment for Depression?
Fitness Focus Copy-and-Share: Walking With PolesMore

Policy Corner: Toward a Healthier Indy: The ACSM American Fitness IndexTM Technical Assistance Program

Community leaders and health advocates across the U.S. have embraced the ACSM American Fitness IndexTM as a scientific snapshot of the state of health and fitness at the metropolitan level. The fifth annual AFI report was released in May.

Phase II of the program, launched in May 2011, provides cities with technical assistance to improve community health and the data indicators that measure it. Oklahoma City and Indianapolis participated in the pilot year. The AFI technical assistance program aims to identify actionable areas that:

Lessons learned from the pilot year will be integrated into a structured program inviting cities that rank low in the AFI to apply for technical assistance. The goal is to provide a total of ten of the most-in-need communities with tailored technical assistance during Phase II.

Working with leaders from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Health by Design, ACSM facilitated a highly successful technical assistance project in Indianapolis over the last year. Beginning in the fall of 2011, qualitative data related to Indianapolis’ health and fitness attributes, strengths and weaknesses were collected through interviews with approximately 30 community leaders. This feedback was compiled and analyzed with city-specific data from the AFI data report to identify priority areas for Indianapolis.

The YMCA and Health by Design invited a community team comprising numerous partner organizations to participate in two strategic planning meetings using root cause analysis and solutions mapping. After analyzing feedback from the strategic planning meetings, ACSM presented the coalition a strategic plan to improve physical activity levels, encourage healthy eating, reduce tobacco use, and foster built-environment initiatives. The Indianapolis community team will be responsible for implementing and tracking long-term success.

In May, the YMCA and Health by Design, along with other community partners, convened a rally and unveiled their new campaign, “Top 10 by 2025,” to share the coalition’s goal of helping Indianapolis rank among the top 10 cities on the AFI data report by the year 2025. Representatives from the YMCA, ACSM and the WellPoint Foundation (AFI’s funding organization), two hospital CEOs, the Indianapolis City-County Council president and others underscored their commitment to improve the health of Indianapolis by working together on initiatives and implementing the new strategic plan for the city.More

Dr. Steven Blair to represent ACSM as Olympic torchbearer tomorrow

Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, will represent ACSM as an Olympic torchbearer tomorrow as the Olympic flame makes its way to London for the start of the games on July 27. Dr. Blair will carry the torch through the town of Reading at approximately 9:20 A.M. local time (4:20 A.M. EDT). View the torch relay LIVE any time at

Student athletes' deaths prompt new workout guidelines
The Associated Press via CBS News
The most dangerous time for amateur athletes may not be during the heat of the game or even in rigorous practices. A total of 21 college football players have collapsed and died during conditioning workouts since 2000 - many on the first few days, when even the fittest players are often pushed too hard.

There's little regulation of these sessions, and coaches "just run willy-nilly" trying to make men out of boys, said athletic trainer Douglas Casa. "A lot of them are not focused on health and safety issues." More

Get plenty of exercise to improve pregnancy, doctors say
Kansas City Star
Pregnancy can be a time of collective extremes, both emotional and physical. Although exercise may be the last thing on your mind, thanks to the various ailments of each trimester, experts stress the importance of a moderate fitness routine for the health of both mother and child. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it can offer a range of benefits - from weight control and reduced discomfort to easier, faster labor and postnatal recovery.

Despite these positives, many expectant mothers are concerned about the safety of continuing or beginning an exercise routine. More